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Sustainable Plant Systems: Agronomy

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Sustainable Plant Systems: Agronomy

Bachelor of Science

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Students pursuing a degree in sustainable plant systems learn fundamental plant and soil science principles and techniques aimed at developing improved crop plants, and best practices for managing field-, greenhouse-, and agricultural crops, as well as urban landscapes. The School of Plant Sciences (SPLS) and Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) provide instruction for this interdisciplinary undergraduate degree.  Their joint efforts prepare students for a broad array of careers in modern agriculture, land management, and agronomic crop production in the Western United States and throughout the world. The academic program in Agronomy combines studies of plant, soil and water science principles and practices aimed at developing sustainable crop production systems that reduce production inputs (like water, fertilizer and pesticides) while maximizing yields of crops such as, cotton, soybeans, and cereal grains. This program also promotes the development of low water use and disease resistant plants toward the same goal of maximizing crop yield and plant health in field production where marginal lands often constrain plant production. The academic program in Agronomy provides practical training and a rigorous foundation in basic sciences to prepare students to enter graduate degree programs and be competitive for industry positions.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
ENVS 195B Careers in Crop Production or PLS 195A Feed & Clothe 9-Billion People 1
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues or ECON 201A Principles of Economics- 3
Statistics 3
3rd Semester
MATH 122A Functions for Calculus 1
MATH 122B First-Semester Calculus 4
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
PLS 240 Plant Biology 4
SWES 200 Soils 3
SWES 201 Soils Laboratory 1
5th Semester
PLS 405 Weed Science 3
PLS 306 Crop Science and Production 3
CHEM 241A Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
Agronomy Core 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
PLS 312 Animal and Plant Genetics 3
Agronomy Electives II 3
Communications 3
Agronomy Elective II 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
PLS 498 Senior Capstone 2
PLS 360 Plant Growth and Physiology 3
Agronomy Core 3
Agronomy Elective II 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
SWES 316 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition 3
Agronomy Core 3
ENTO 468 Insect Pest Management or PLP 305 Intro to Plant Pathology 3
Agronomy Elective II 3
Agronomy Elective II 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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